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2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 5th regular session holds its 9th day meeting

Work-site security for health personnel, specialist physicians, and a national health insurance system were discussed at yesterday’s Pyithu Hluttaw session in Nay Pyi Taw.

At the 9th day meeting 2nd Pyithu Hluttaw 5th regular session held yesterday, eight questions were answered, a report submitted, a motion tabled and a bill discussed and approved.

U Ba Shein of Kyaukpyu constituency raised the question of whether any plan exists to enact law that provides work-site security for health personnel, inclusive of health officers, in order to perform their works effectively. Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe said a total of 23 laws covering the work of the ministry and eight bills were being drawn, but there is no law yet that provides work-site security for health personnel at work.

The Department of Public Health helps resolve problems that occur while basic health care personnel provide emergency medical treatment. Relevant authorities and departments concerned will coordinate to quickly enact a law that provides worksite security for health personnel including assistant health officers and midwives, said the Union Minister.

Responding to U Zon Taint of Chipwe constituency in Kachin State on appointing doctors at Kachin State Hospital who specialize in specific filed of medicine, Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe said priority is given to appoint required specialist, but there is a need to simultaneously purchase and install supporting medical equipment and personnel. The minister said this cannot be done at the moment.

Afterward, Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe responded to questions on sports ground construction, upgrading of hospitals and rural health sub departments raised by U Tun Tun Win of Yamethin constituency, Dr. U Soe Moe Thu of Myaungmya constituency, U Htay Min Thein of Gyobingauk constituency, U Sai Sai Mai of Mongkai constituency, U Khin Maung Thi of Loilem constituency and U Myint Kyi of Katha constituency.

Dr. U San Shwe Win of Yekyi constituency tabled a motion to set up a national health insurance system that includes effective implementation of universal health coverage, providing timely health care service to all nationals including the poor, and having sufficient funds for such services. The Hluttaw agreed to debate the motion and asked that Hluttaw Representatives who wished to participate in the debate to submit their names. In the day’s meeting, Pyithu Hluttaw International Relations Committee annual report was read and amendments, discussions and approval of the Canal Bill was made.

Reference: GNLM

June 6, 2017

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